Albany Institute of History and Art: 200 Years of Collecting


This comprehensive overview of Albany Institute of History & Art’s American art and decorative-arts collection presents color plates and essays highlighting 130 exceptional objects—paintings, drawings, sculpture, furniture, silver, pewter, glass, ceramics, and textiles—selected from the Institute’s collection of more than 20,000 objects. Each item, dating from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the 1990s, was carefully chosen for its national significance, artistic merit, and relevance to the Institute’s mission: collecting and interpreting the art, history, and culture of New York state’s Upper Hudson Valley. Twenty-four nationally recognized scholars contributed essays on the individual objects, placing them and their creators in a broad social and historical context.


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